Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The purpose of a Marine/Army infantry squad is to “locate, close with and destroy the enemy with fire and close combat” (FMFM 6-3). The primary weapon for these units is the M-16, which has been easily re-designated as the AR-15 in the civilian environment.The M-16/AR-15 has been designed to inflict maximum casualties on our opponents through its range, velocity and cyclic rate of fire. Our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines are trained extensively, repetitively and constantly in the proper use of these weapons. A civilian shouldn’t have access to these deadly firearms.If the politicians are serious about reducing civilian casualties caused by firearms, then their primary recourse should be to make these assault weapons illegal. The politicians should establish a buyback program and get these firearms off the streets. Or perhaps this action would be resisted by too many people who are insecure in their “manhood.”Disclaimer/validation — I’m a retired Marine with over 22 years service, including fighting in Vietnam, who has witnessed, up close and personal, the damage an M-16/AR15 can do to the human body.J.P. KIRBYSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, music
Everton announced Ancelotti’s arrival yesterday before the home Premier League game against Arsenal, who appointed former Gunners and Toffees midfielder Mikel Arteta as their head coach on Friday.Ancelotti was at Goodison Park for the Arsenal match and will officially take over today. The 60-year-old’s first match in charge will be the home game against Burnley on December 26.“This is a great club with a rich history and a very passionate fanbase,” added former AC Milan, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain boss Ancelotti.“There is a clear vision from the owner and the board to deliver trophies. That is something that appeals to me as a manager.“I am thrilled at the prospect of being able to work with everybody at the club to help make that vision a reality.”Ancelotti has won 15 major trophies during his career and is one of only three managers to win three European Cups/Champions Leagues – along with Liverpool legend Bob Paisley and Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.He has won two Champions Leagues with AC Milan and one with Real Madrid, as well as domestic titles with Milan in his homeland, Chelsea in England, Paris St-Germain in France and also in Germany with Bayern Munich.He guided Chelsea to the Premier League and FA Cup double during his first season in charge in 2009-10 but was dismissed after failing to win a trophy in the following campaign.RESULTS & FIXTURESEverton 0 – 0 ArsenalBournemouth 0 – 1 BurnleyAston Villa 1 – 3 SouthamptonBrighton 0 – 1 Sheffield UnitedNewcastle 1 – 0 Crystal PalaceNorwich 1 – 2 WolvesMan City 3 – 1 Leicester CityMallorca 0 – 2 SevillaBarcelona 4 – 1 AlavesVillarreal 1 – 0 GetafeInter 4 – 0 GenoaWatford v Man United 3pmTottenham v Chelsea 5:30pmReal Madrid v Bilbao 9pmAtalanta v Milan 12:30pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ancelotti (right) with Everton chairman Bill Kenwright during Evertons home game with Arsenal saturday Everton have appointed Carlo Ancelotti as their manager on a four-and-a-half-year contract. The Italian, who was sacked by Napoli earlier this month, succeeds Marco Silva, who was dismissed by the Goodison Park club on December 6.Ancelotti, a three-time Champions League-winning coach, returns to English football eight and a half years after he was sacked by Chelsea.Duncan Ferguson, Everton’s caretaker manager during their search for Silva’s successor, will remain at the club as part of Ancelotti’s backroom team.